Whenever we have company visiting, especially those guests with children, I try to have some type of cookie or snack ready. Something sweet, something special for the little ones. I usually have to whack Malcolm’s fingers with the wooden spoon, as he tries to steal a cookie before company arrives, saving them for the kids. Malcolm has appointed himself as the resident taster and feels he gets first bite of any sweets. And if that doesn’t work, he calls his stealth of a cookie the “Malcolm TAX”, owed to him by virtue of him being “Malcolm”.
When our nephew Sam came around, I made sure the cookie bin was always full. By the weekend’s end, as he was getting ready to leave, the cookies would be depleted to just a few left. I would send him off with a bag of “left-overs”, the few cookies still uneaten a part of his care-package. Malcolm was always tweaked that I gave the cookies away.
When our Dennis the Menace neighborhood kid, came over to play with Tiamo and her eight little puppies, I would keep extra treats hidden in the garage freezer (hidden so well, even Malcolm didn’t know they were there!) ready for him to enjoy. When the puppies outgrew their yelping pen, we moved the litter into the garage where we built a huge pen. The pen took up the whole garage, everything pushed to the perimeters to make room. “Dennis” had permission to come on over to our house and head out to the garage to play with the kids. After a couple of play sessions, I noticed that every time, “Dennis” left, a box or a chair was always moved over by the refrigerator/freezer.
Naturally, I assumed Malcolm was moving things around in the garage and left the box there. Malcolm figured I used the chair to sit with Tiamo and her kids. It took about a two weeks before I realized “Dennis” was using the chair to climb up on to reach the top freezer and grab some cookies for his pocket before he left. “Dennis” was double dipping! He would enjoy a treat when he first arrived and he would enjoy several as he was leaving!
When I baked cookies for work, Malcolm would complain I only baked for others, that he never got to enjoy the bounty. Unfortunately, he was right. I didn’t bake for just us – I baked for others. So one weekend, I decided I would bake a batch of his favorites. Peanut Butter Cookies. Made with Skippy’s Chunky Peanut Butter. Not Jif. The old-fashioned kind of peanut butter cookies with cris-cross fork tyne indents on the top. I made a double-batch so I could freeze some for later. The kitchen air was filled with a warm peanut butter scent as I pulled the baking sheets filled with the golden brown cookies fresh out of the oven. I gently transferred the cookies to the cooling racks. Malcolm was outside in the back watering, so I grabbed a few still warm cookies, wrapped them up in a paper napkin and brought the tasty cookies out to him. I’d do kitchen clean up after Malcolm had a chance to eat some cookies.
I wasn’t gone long, maybe four to five minutes at most. Long enough to walk down to where Malcolm had water running on the Purple Robe Locust trees around back, hand him his treats and head back up to the house to wash up. Tiamo joined me as I delivered the fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies to Malcolm, running out of the house ahead of me. As she was in the habit of doing, Tiamo wandered off as I chit-chatted with Malcolm. As I turned to walk back up to the house, I told Malcolm I was going to leave Tiamo with him. She wouldn’t run off and she loved to be with Malcolm outdoors.
I entered the kitchen, gathering the dirty baking utensils to wash. I bent down to pull out a zip-lock bag from a bottom drawer to freeze the cookies, turned to the corner counter to pack up the cookies and froze. A cooling rack was laying haphazardly against the brick floor. My eyes quickly looked up to the counter. All of the cookies were gone. ALL of them! GONE! The remaining cooling racks were empty. One rack on the floor, one half-off the counter, the last one pushed back against the back counter wall. The only evidence of any cookies were a few cookie crumbs left on the counter.
Tiamo hadn’t just wandered off, she had snuck back into the house while I was with Malcolm and ate all the peanut butter cookies. Every last one! Finished them off! Obviously, Tiamo loved peanut butter. She was our counter-surfing thief! And, it didn’t take her long to pilfer the peanut butter goodies.
Poor Malcolm – out of a double-batch of Peanut Butter Cookies, Malcolm only had two.
PEANUT NUTTER-BUTTER COOKIES
These outrageous cookies need to be kept under lock and key. Do not leave unattended while cooling! Have been known to disappear down to the crumbs.
- 1 cup super chunky peanut butter (with nuts)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter – room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp dark corn syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 12 oz of chopped up peanut / peanut butter candy bars such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Payday or Nutrageous
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two large baking sheets with foil.
Beat peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, egg, corn syrup and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended with an electric mixer. Stir together flour, oats, and baking soda in another bowl and mix into the peanut butter mixture. Add chopped candy bars. Mix.
Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Slightly flatten cookie dough with the back of a moistened spoon or your fingertips. Freeze unbaked cookies on sheets for 12-18 minutes
Bake cookies 10 minutes. Switch top and bottom sheets and bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies cool on sheets until just beginning to firm. Transfer to finish cooling on a cookie rack.
WARNING: Keep husbands and dogs away!